Up to 800,000 Russians have illegally moved to Crimea

4 November 2022, 06:45 PM
Tamila Tasheva (Photo:NV)

Tamila Tasheva (Photo:NV)

Up to 800,000 Russian citizens have illegally moved to occupied Crimea, without obtaining permission from Ukraine, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea, Tamila Tasheva, wrote on Facebook on Nov. 3.

"According to our law and international law, if people cross the border illegally they need to be deported,” she stated.

“If they are illegal they must return or flee Crimea after de-occupation. Then they can request to the Ukrainian state the right to receive residence.”

She said appeals from those who have Ukrainian spouses or children will be taken with understanding, as well as appeals from Russians who really support Ukraine.

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"This is a difficult issue — they are illegally staying on territory of another state and taking part in illegal colonization," Tasheva explained

Earlier, Ukrainian military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov suggested that by summer 2023, the war unleashed by Russia will end, and Ukraine will see significant victories by the end of the year.

Serhiy Nayev, Commander of the Joint Forces the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said the war will end by reaching the Ukrainian-Russian border of 1991 and the corresponding cessation of active hostilities.

In August, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the war against Russia should end with the liberation of Crimea – as it had initially begun with its annexation in 2014.

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